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The United Commonwealth Army

The United Commonwealth Army is the land warfare service of the United Commonwealth Armed Forces, and one of its three branches, the other two being the Navy and Air Force. The Army has its roots in the original United Army of the Coalition, formed in the early years of the United Commonwealth, and which was comprised of the first 7 member nation's Armies.   While originally just a combined formation, split among the independent armies of the member nations, in 40 A.S., the decision was made for the Army, alongside the Navy, which was the only other independent service branch at that time, to become a fully integrated military force, with a single professional Chief each, under a single Service Department each, all under the control of the United Commonwealth directly.   The U.C. Army is a part of the United Commonwealth Directorate of the Army, one of the 3 Service Directorates of the Directorate-General of Defence. It is headed by a civilian civil servant, the Director of the Army, and professionally headed by the Chief of the General Staff, who also sits on the Chiefs of Staff Committee.   The U.C. Army is, by a large margin, the largest Service Branch of the Arned Forces, with a current Active Combat Strength of 6 million soldiers, and many more millions serving in supporting roles, all spread throughout the territory of Member and Allied states of the United Commonwealth across the 12 Worlds.  


The United Commonwealth Army was descended from the United Army of the Coalition, a large fighting force formed during the Menteneian War, a roughly 2 year long war that took place on the continent of Elladae, which was sent piecemeal from the Army's of the 7 nations of the United Commonwealth at that time, and was organised under the single command of the Weslich Empire's Field Marshal Gerhard von Mackenden.   Despite a great deal of arguments over who was in charge, necessitating constant oversight by the heads of the 7 nation's governements, the Army was able to assemble and fight on Elladae in the defence of the Mentaneia Dimokratia, or the Mentaneian Republic, a nation which was looking to join the Commonwealth.   After the conclusion of the War, and the subsequent decision for the Mentaneians to join the United Commonwealth, a special investigative committee was launched to study the lessons that could be learnt from the campaign. Chief among them was that the fractured nature of the chain of command of the U.A.C. led to confusion and doubt among the lower commanders, along with the differences in training styles and weaponry used.  
The solution that was picked was the complete integration of the Armies and Navies of the states, combining them all under the combined control of the United Commonwealth. This led to the removal of significant portions of the Military administrations of the Member nation's governements, with those relevant to the army under the control of a single Directorate of War, which would continue to remain for decades until being renamed to the Directorate of the Army, which would be subordinated to the Directorate-General of Defence.


Under the recent Arushi Reforms of 177 and the demobilisation of large portion of the active duty soldiers, the Army was reorganised from the top down.   The Arushi Committee, the name given to the group of officials brought together by Director of the Army Kiyoshi Arushi during the period following the 2nd Great War, was tasked with building on previous reforms in order to restructure the Army into a more effective and efficient fighting force, and strengthening its ability to operate with the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corp.  

Components of the U.C. Army


The Arms of the United Commonwealth Army


The United Commonwealth Directorate of the Army

Administrative Commands

The Administrative Commands of the U.C. Army serve the purposes of ensuring that the deployed forces have the necessary infrastructure, physical or institutional, to recruit, train, equip, sustain, and deploy any amount of any kind of force to any place at any time. They train and educate soldiers, enlisted and officer alike, in the necessary skills and knowledge they require, and facilitate any necessary expansion to the Army that would be required.   Quite simply, without the Administrative Commands, the Army would be little more than an untrained, unarmed, disorderly mob, but wth it, it has direction and control.  
  • Field Forces Command
    ~Fighting Fit
  • Field Forces Command is in charge of ensuring that all Army units are properly staffed, trained, equipped and organised, and that any unit required to has been mobilised, in order to provide the necessary, capable, and properly chosen forces to operational Field Commands.
  • Supply Command
    ~The Cornucopia
  • Supply Command is in charge of providing all materials required to the Army, as well as overseeing all bases, garrisons and other installations used by the Army. Supply Command is also in charge of providing, distributing and maintaining all ordnance, repair and spare parts, vehicles and weapon and technical systems in use by the Army, ensuring the operational users have the best equipment they can possibly get.
  • Modernity Command
    ~Onward March
  • Modernity Command is in charge of ensuring that the Army stays capable of adapting itself to future needs, especially in response to the rapidly changing rate of modern technology, and of the militaries of non allied nations. Modernity Command oversees the development of newer systems and equipment, as well as the theories and concepts behind the use of such equipment.
  • Operations and Training Command
    ~Ready for Anything
  • Operations and Training Command is in charge of ensuring that forces and civilians are well trained and educated in their duties, and of developing doctrines and guidelines to be taught to and used by commanders. This Command is also in charge of the various Military Academies, Basic Training Facilities, and other places of professional military learning within the Army, as well as of designing the syllabus and subjects taught there.

Service Commands

The Service Commands of the United Commonwealth Army oversee the units assigned to specific, specialised tasks within the Army, such as Special Operations or Theater Defence. Due to the unique nature of such tasks, the personnel assigned to do them are given their own separate Commands.  
  • Army Special Activities Command
    ~Dragon's Teeth
  • Army Special Activities Command is in charge of training, funding, educating, equipping, administrating, deploying and sustaining the Army Special Action Service soldiers deployed around the 12 Worlds. These soldiers, organised mostly in the 12 Army Special Activities Groups, one per World, are on near constant deployment to be able to provide Army Special Operations capability to the Joint Special Action Command, along with the Navy and Marine Corp, and deploys across the 12 Worlds to provide the United Commonwealth government with the necessary force, in any form, at any time, in any place needed.
  • Ground Movement Command
    ~The Wagons
  • Ground Movement Command, a subordinate unit of Supply Command, is in charge of funding, equipping, administrating and developing the land movement capability of the United Commonwealth Army, in support of Army and joint Operations. This Command is also part of Joint Transport Command, which also contains Air Mobility Command and Naval Transportation Command. This takes the form of Theater Movement Groups, each assigned to one Field Command, and which command the individual Movement battalions and regiments which contain everything from rail networks and trains to embarkation and disembarkation points.
  • Army Technological Warfare Command
    ~By Other Means
  • Army Technological Warfare Command is in charge funding, administrating, and training U.C. Army forces in the duties of Informational Warfare, Communications Interception, and the protection of Communications security. This Command, the youngest in the Army, works under the Joint Technological Warfare Command, along with the Air Force Technical Group and the Naval Informational Warfare Command, and provides a series of special Groups and Detachments tailored for specific tasks, such as Communications Interception, Obfuscation, and Defence, as well as Informational Offensive Action.
  • Army Orbital and Strategic Defence Command
    ~The Palisades
  • Army Orbital and Strategic Defence Command is in charge of funding, maintaining, launching and observing any and all Army assets deployed beyond a World's atmosphere. This includes control of the Communication and Reconnaissance Orbiters of the Army, as well as Cartographical Orbiters. The Command is also in charge of the Strategic Defence Capabilities of the Army. This takes the form of the various weapon systems and Army formations used to intercept Long-Range Ballistic and Guided Munitions, shoot down Long-Range Bomber and Strike Aircraft, and generally contribute to the defence of the United Commonwealth.
    Army Orbital and Strategic Defence Command is also a member of both the Joint Orbital Command, where it joins the Air Force and Fleet Orbital Commands, and the Joint Strategic Command, where it joins Air Force Strategic Strike Command and the Fleet Strategic Command.

Field Commands

The Field Commands of the United Commonwealth Army refer to the Command Headquarters and Units of the deployed, active duty, operational, conventional formations of the United Commonwealth Army. This does not include any Special Action Command, Medical Department, or Military Intelligence Command forces, even those that may be deployed in proximity to them.   All units within the Field Commands fall under the Administrative control of Forces Command, but actual operational control, which is to say the power to compel the units to carry out orders in the field, is the purview of the Field Commanders, acting under instructions from the Chief of the General Staff, the Director of the Army, and the Council of Nations.   Field Commands are generally Field Army size formations under current organisations, under the command of a General, and containing at least a few Divisions each. A single Field Army has full control over all Forces deployed under them in a given Theater, and they typically number around the low hundreds of thousands in Combat and Combat Support Personnel, as well as having control over the necessary Intelligence, Sustainment, and Transportion, and other support Assets deployed in their respective Theater. Army Field Commands operate alongside their nearest Air Force Theater Command and Navy Numbered Fleet, and their commander often takes on the less than official position of Joint Theater Commander.    

Directorate Reporting Agencies

The Directorate Reporting Agencies of the United Commonwealth Army are the Commands, Departments and groups within the United Commonwealth Army that report directly to members of the United Commonwealth Directorate of the Army. This includes both the Military and Civilian officials, such as the Assistant Directors and Deputy Chiefs of the General Staff.   The following is an incomplete list of such Agencies:
  • Military Intelligence Directorate
    ~Clear Eyed   The Military Intelligence Directorate, which reports directly to the Chief of the General Staff, the Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Operations, and the Director of the Army, is the main Intelligence agency of the Army. This Directorate is in charge of providing intelligence to, and analysing it for, the highest echelons of the Army specifically, the Armed Forces as a whole, and to the Council of Nations itself directly.   The Military Intelligence Directorate has a seat at the Security and Intelligence Committee, where it is joined by the Naval Intelligence Directorate and the Air Force Intelligence Group. The Command has control over a number of Military Intelligence Groups, which work in the field to produce intelligence, mostly for Field Commanders and General Staff planners.
  • Personnel Resources Command
    ~Army's People   Personnel Resources Command, which reports to the Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Personnel and Administration, is in charge of both the current career management of Soldiers in the Army, as well as overseeing the affairs of certain sections of the Army reserve forces.
  • Personnel Resources Command assists Soldiers in every part of their careers from Basic Training to retirement, in matters ranging from which Arm they wish to join to what training they wish to take on.
  • Medical Services Command
  • ~Saving Graces   Medical Services Command, which reports to the Army Physician-General, is in charge of funding, training, educating, and equipping the Medical units of the Army. These units are deployed under a series of Army Theater Medical Commands, which are assigned to individual Field Commands, and work alongside the local Air Force Health Group and the Fleet Medical Command to ensure the health of military and civilian personnel deployed in their respective theaters.

The Shield of the Commonwealth

Founding Date
70 A.S.
Military, Army
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